The foundation piles have been placed for a new logistics building on the west side of Brucargo, with direct access to the tarmac.
The construction at Brussels Airport is part of a €100 million investment in the modernisation of Brucargo.
The building will be completed in the course of 2020 and can then be taken into use by the tenants Kuehne + Nagel, Worldwide Flight Services and Expeditors.
Construction also incorporates various sustainability aspects including a green roof and solar panels on the office block.
The buildings will be economical with water thanks to the installation of a water infiltration system and rainwater wells to reuse rainwater.
The building will also be equipped with LED lighting and heat pumps.
To improve mobility at the airport, charging stations for electric vehicles will be installed, together with two additional bus stops and a new cycle path in the area.
The symbolic laying of the first stone took place in the presence of Marc Grootjans, mayor of Machelen, and the CEOs of the three future tenants.
Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport Company says the airport is increasing the handling space on offer, particularly refrigerated storage.
He says: “These temperature-controlled rooms are not only of considerable importance for various key sectors in our country including biotech and pharmaceuticals, but also for the import and export of fresh and perishable goods. Two niche markets in which Brussels Airport is specialised and in which it is investing further.”